Skoosh City Guide Brighton and Hove

Brighton beach & pier, and one the local residents

In the first of our new series providing detailed information on some of our customers’ favourite destinations to stay in,we thought we would start with our own favourite to stay in – the home city of Skoosh – Brighton & Hove, UK! We love our home town and everyone at the company lives in Brighton or Hove, now very much joined together as one city since 2004.

Situated just a 55 minute train ride from Central London, and just 20 minutes from major transport hub London Gatwick Airport, Brighton is a popular destination for travellers from all over the world, and has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel with its many language schools, two internationally recognised universities and varied nightlife.

What to do

Home to a number of annual cultural festivals (Brighton Festival, Great Escape, White Night Brighton, Gay Pride), there is a vibrant and energetic feel to the place, even in the cold depths of a UK winter! Brighton has great independent shopping in the Lanes and North Laine, while Hove boasts some impressive architecture and serene beachside walkways.

Both towns benefit from a lengthy stretch of beach which in the summer is buzzing with life from dawn until well after dusk, next to which there is a string of seaside café’s bars and nightclubs. Other attractions include Brighton Pavilion & its gardens, the famous Palace Pier and Hove Lagoon.

Where to stay

Amongst the better hotels in the city is the Old Ship Hotel on Kings Road on the sea front. A four star Georgian hotel with great views, it is perfectly positioned to explore Brighton located close to the town centre and the major attractions. The most famous hotel is the De Vere Grand, part of the famous chain, and was made famous in the 1979 film Quadrophenia as where Sting’s character Ace Face works! Situated further up the seafront it commands pride of place for those seeking that extra bit of luxury.

Those on more of a budget might want to try the Royal Albion, right next to the Palace Pier, or the West Beach Hotel right next to the famous Preston Street with eateries from every corner of the world.

The view over Brighton taken from Skoosh HQ at sunset

One hotel that we don’t feature on Skoosh currently is the Hotel du Vin – it’s a favourite of our own Mike, who especially recommends the (in his words) “pricey but cool bar”… we can only hope that one day we’re ‘cool’ enough to be able to sell it!

Where to eat

With such a wide & diverse selection it’s hard to break this down, but we asked two of our resident foodies Pete & Mike to recommend a few!

Firstly from Pete there is Terre a Terre on East Street, one of many vegetarian restaurants in the city. It’s unusual to find vegetarian fine dining, and this is it at its best – both inventive and most importantly tasty. Showcasing Brighton’s foreign tastes, the Famous Sichuan on Queens Road is something a bit different and not for the faint hearted. Ask for something ‘ma la’ and you will get something that tastes like you were punched in the face, which Pete thinks is a good thing! Along alternative Oriental Lines is the Chilli Pickle on Jubilee Square – a top end Indian eatery using only the best ingredients and original recipes that stands out from a competitive Indian restaurant crowd.

Mike recommends some must visit restaurants of a more classical style perhaps. The Cote on Church Street shares the same owner as the famous Ivy in London, and provides classical French dishes in a bistro environment. Pascale’s in Hove is similar in style and is, in his words, “great to sit and while away a sunny afternoon whilst enjoying French food and great wines”.

Well, who can argue with that?

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